In a back and forth affair for the two teams Ballinger would eventually top the Jim Ned Indians 60-58.

In a back and forth affair for the two teams Ballinger would eventually top the Jim Ned Indians 60-58.

Ballinger started off strong in the first quarter holding a 10-3 lead, but a strong run by Jim Ned would end the quarter at 13-10. Ballinger would tighten their defense in the second, holding the Indians to nine points for a halftime lead of 25-22. The 3rd quarter was full of action for both teams as Jim Ned would retake the lead on the strength of a 26-18 quarter. Jim Ned would take a five point 48-43 lead into the fourth quarter when again the Bearcats would play lights out on defense. The Bearcats took the lead and the win on the last score of the game to win 60-58.

Chance Parker led the Bearcats in scoring with 19 and also recorded a double-double with 12 total rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Xavier Nunez pitched in 15 points of his own with six assists and four steals. Marcus Toliver had one of his best games of the season where he was perfect from the field going 5 for 5 and contributing 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.

Ballinger will be heading east for the DFBA Saints Classic Tournament next week, December 27-29, for their last game action of the year. January 2 they will return home to host Abilene Christian High School.